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30 Years of ARTC: Pirate Day 2006

This being our 30th anniversary, we thought we’d dip back into the past and recap some of our previous performances, triumphs and tragedies, in a series of posts. And don’t forget our Chronology for a look at our 30 (and counting!) years of live performance!

This week we bring you our appearance at Talk Like a Pirate Day 2006. Check out all the pictures on our Flickr album.

In 2006 we returned for what is so far our final appearance at Barnes and Noble for Pirate Day. We had a blast at these, but time marches on and we’ve just been so busy since then! If you’d like to see more piratey shenanigans, let us know and we’ll get right on it!

Clair Kiernan, Jonathan Strickland, and Hal Wiedeman perform.
This isn’t really what scurvy looks like.

Bookstore performances are a ton of fun, but make for some interesting experiences. For example, you may notice the coffee shop behind us in that above picture. Imagine trying to do a performance with an espresso machine behind you. There’s also the audience factor – they’re not lined up in neat little rows listening with rapt attention. They’re browsing books, meeting friends, drinking coffee. We were audible all over the store, so people just listened where they were.

The audience for Talk Like a Pirate Day
We love the fact that one couple brought lawn chairs.

But there were a small group of people who camped out on the floor and had a great time!

Brad Weage performs an illusion.
Piracy is magical.

We would be remiss if we didn’t talk about Brad Weage at this performance, also. In addition to being a wizard on the keyboards, Brad was also an accomplished magician. We didn’t often find a way to incorporate this skill into our shows, but when we did it was a real blast.

Clair Kiernan, Terry Sanders, Daniel Kiernan, and Hal Wiedeman perform.
More pirates than you can shake a stick at.
Clair Kiernan, Kelley S. Ceccato, and Caran Wilbanks perform.
Lady pirates!

A fitting conclusion to the Pirate Hunter trilogy!

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30 Years of ARTC: Pirate Day 2004

This being our 30th anniversary, we thought we’d dip back into the past and recap some of our previous performances, triumphs and tragedies, in a series of posts. And don’t forget our Chronology! It’s not as detailed, but it really shows the growth of ARTC over the years.

This week we bring you our appearance at Barnes and Noble Perimeter for Talk Like a Pirate Day in 2004. Check out all the pictures on our Flickr album.

Brad Strickland
Brad Strickland

ARTC has been extremely privileged over the years to be able to work with Brad Strickland. Author of several published novels and some of our best audio dramas, Brad has brought us to new levels of excellence through his guidance and participation not only as an author, but as a skilled actor and presenter.

At this event, Barnes and Noble Perimeter asked us to come do a show for them for Pirate Day, based on the success of our Harry Potter events, and we couldn’t think of better subject matter than Brad’s Pirate Hunter series, which he co-authored with Thomas E. Fuller.

Jack Mayfield, Daniel Kiernan, and Brad Strickland in full pirate regalia.
Jack Mayfield, Daniel Kiernan, and Brad Strickland on the high seas.

Talk Like a Pirate Day is always a ton of fun in and of itself, but being able to present this work (in costume, no less), was a real treat for us.

Jack Mayfield, Megan Tindale, and Jonathan Strickland.
Jack Mayfield, Megan Tindale, and Jonathan Strickland. None of which are showing any signs of scurvy.

You know, we keep saying we don’t do many shows in costume, but examples to the contrary keep cropping up!

Terry Sanders and Jack Mayfield.
Terry Sanders and Jack Mayfield on the bounding main.
A bunch of pirates.
A bunch of pirates.

We hope you’re enjoying these forays into our past. If you are, let us know! We’ve got lots left, including some of our best work coming up soon!